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Janet Edmonds

Artist statement

The geology of Britain’s coastline has long been an inspiration for textile work reflecting my early years living by the sea. I am fascinated by the rhythms of sea and weather, which over time, create imperceptible changes to the structure of coast, rocks, stones, and sand.

My colour palette is generated through the infinite subtlety of tone, texture and light of the natural environment and this influences choices of fabric, thread and technique.

Drawing is an important part of my practice: observing and recording colour, form and surface is crucial to the development of ideas and is a valuable source of inspiration informing the making of textile work. Recent work with print has given me a fresh look at drawing and mark-making through the use of a variety of processes. I have explored these by printing onto fabric and using it to make 3D constructions.

Alongside this I am investigating methods of interpreting walks in a dimensional format, initially recording the walk with observational studies that inform the work when back in the studio.

Process is bound closely to ideas: the ceaseless round of tides bound to intervals of time are linked to the rhythm of stitching and the contemplative repetition of wrapping and stitching cloth. Every movement changes the last minutely, often only apparent with the passage of time. The trapping of beach stones, gravel and seaweed thrown up by the sea inspires new structural arrangements for 3D work and using the element of chance makes for unusual placings of the material.

On-going work includes responding to walks, exploring ideas around containment and layers of history.


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